August-September-The Storytelling Project was created over 9 months in 2017 and originally was performed in February of 2019. Los Cuenteros de UMKC will be taking the show to Bolivia on tour to Cochabamba, La Paz, Sucre, and El Alto. Marianne will reprise her role as Kusillo, the trickster god.
The Storytelling Project International Tour to Bolivia, directed by Karen Lisondra and music direction by Amado Espinoza
Shakespeare in Love, directed by Sidonie Garrett at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
June-July 2019-Will Shakespeare is a known but struggling poet, playwright and actor who not only has sold his next play to two different producers but now faces a far more difficult problem: he is bereft of ideas and has yet to begin writing his next masterpiece. He is in search of a muse, but all attempts fail him until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps. She loves the theatre and would like nothing more than to take to the stage but is forbidden from doing so as only men can be actors. Viola is also a great admirer of Shakespeare’s works. Dressing as a man by the name of Thomas Kent, she auditions and is ideal for a part in his next play. Shakespeare soon sees through her disguise and they begin a love affair, one they know cannot end happily as he is already married and she has been promised to the artistocrat, Lord Wessex. As the company rehearses his new play, Will and Viola’s love is transferred to the written page leading to the masterpiece that is Romeo and Juliet. Marianne plays the bodhrán in this production.
June 11-July 7 at Southmoreland Park, Kansas City
More info here: https://kcshakes.org/performances/#1465159737693-cb273f35-98c7
The Game of Love and Chance, directed by Theodore Swetz at UMKC Theatre
April-May 2019-Unrequited love, mistaken identities and the uncontrollable power of love make up the heart of of this hysterical romantic comedy. This play will tickle your funny bone as it challenges your heart and mind. Marianne plays Lisette, the quick witted maid.
The Game of Love and Chance was originally written in French by Pierre De Mariveaux. This version was translated and adapted by Stephen Wadsworth.
Apr. 26-May 5
PAC 116: Studio Theatre
More information can be found here: https://umkctheatre.org/events/the-game-of-love-and-chance/
Secret Soldiers: Heroines in Disguise, directed by Jeff Church and Bree Elrod at The Coterie Theatre
January-February 2019-The secret history of women who fought as men in the civil war is revealed in this engrossing Coterie production. Several stories are uncovered in an interlocking set of true tales of battlefront women, with a focus on the solider Private Lyons Wakeman (a.k.a Sarah Wakeman) whose letters were discovered by her nephew in an attic years after her death. Into Wakeman’s path comes an interaction with Harriet Tubman and Joseph Cassell, who went from slave to Sergeant in the 29th Connecticut Infantry, an African American regiment. In this unique production, the audience is enlisted to be medical officers who will decide the fate of Lyons Wakeman: whether the medical record will reflect this individual’s birth gender (and thus be denied a pension), or keep history hidden and receive all the benefits of military service. Marianne plays Nurse Jacobs, Lois, and Loreta Janeta Velasquez.
More information can be found here: http://thecoterie.org/performance/secret-soldiers-heroines-disguise
A Christmas Carol, directed by Marissa Wolf at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre
November-December 2018-A Christmas Carol is a tradition at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly, cold-hearted creditor, continues his stingy ways on Christmas Eve. He rejects a dinner invitation and all the good tidings of the season from his nephew, Fred; he yells at charity workers; and he overworks his earnest employee, Bob Cratchit. Until, he is visited one-by-one, by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, who show him the errors of his ways until he ultimately discovers what’s really worth celebrating at Christmas-time and beyond. Marianne plays the Laundress, Fezziwig Sister, and the Giggly Sister.
More information can be found here: https://kcrep.org/show/a-christmas-carol-2018
Dracula, directed by John Rensenhouse at the Kansas City Actor's Theatre
October 2018- “Marianne McKenzie (as Mina Murray-Harker) is solid in her well-grounded approach to the character. McKenzie is logical and empathetic in how she steadies herself within the role, making it all the more believable.”
Review from: https://www.broadwayworld.com/kansas-city/article/BWW-Review-DRACULA-A-SONG-OF-LOVE-AND-DEATH-at-Spencer-Theatre-At-UMKC-with-KCAT-20181014
For an interview with Marianne, follow this link: http://kc.perform.ink/2018/10/theten-marianne-mckenzie/
Sensuous. Seductive. Sinister. Kansas City Actors Theatre presents its first-ever original production in this fresh adaptation, commissioned by Kansas City Actors Theatre, of Bram Stoker’s gothic classic, “Dracula.” Produced in partnership with UMKC Theatre, this classic tale of obsession and desire arrives just in time for the Halloween season. Directed by John Rensenhouse after his record-breaking KCAT production of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” last season, “Dracula” promises wickedly delicious fun, thrills, theatrical magic and intense performances. Marianne will be playing the role of Mina Harker.
Dracula is a co-production with the UMKC Theatre department and is written by Mitch Brian.
For more information and tickets, follow this link: http://www.kcactors.org/shows/dracula/
Letters from Freedom Summer, directed by Ricardo Khan at UMKC Theatre
May 2018-In the charged summer of 1964, college students from across the U.S. came together to fight for voting rights in Mississippi, a state known for intimidating and terrorizing Black Americans out of their right to vote. Letters from Freedom Summer celebrates the courage and resilience of the young people who changed the fate of this nation. Marianne plays activist Joan Mulholland.
Letters from Freedom Summer is a production of the UMKC Theatre department, and is written by Ricardo Khan, Denise Nicholas, and Sibusiso Mamba. Tickets for this show can be purchased from the UMKC Central Ticket Office: http://tickets.cto.umkc.edu/shows/freedom%20summer%20-%20umkc%20theatre/events
The Storytelling Project, directed by Karen Lisondra and Amado Espinoza
February/March 2018-An original piece of devised theatre, The Storytelling Project was created by the UMKC MFA Second Year Acting class along with Karen Lisondra and Amado Espinoza. From Karen: "It is a journey to the Andean Cosmovision (a way of perceiving and interacting with reality that is found in the indigenous culture of the high Andes) by way of the personal conflicts we face, where time and space are disrupted and the essence of who we truly are is revealed."
Marianne plays the trickster character, Kusillo. For more information, click the link below:
Trench Warfare, directed by Marianne McKenzie at the National World War One Museum and Memorial
January 2018-Trench Warfare is a pint sized play. It is a timely examination of mental disorders in relation to the trauma inflicted by war in general, as well as how the burden of war is inflicted on soldiers in other ways. We see these soldiers slowly deteriorate over time by looking at war through the lens of World War I, leaving us asking questions about the impact that war has on any soldier. It also explores the universal theme of friendship.
For an interview with Marianne, click here: https://info.umkc.edu/unews/qa-with-marianne-mckenzie/ , and for more information about the production and other artists involved, click here: https://info.umkc.edu/news/collaboration-brings-artists-together/